Austria Skating Story II

Ballet-Scene from the Viennese Eisrevue-movie "Springtime on the ice" in 1950 // (c) Wienbibliothek im Rathaus

Austria Skating Story I

Uncountable medals for Austrian skaters

The new generation of Austrian figure skaters benefited from the huge success of Wiener Eisrevue as well: Large parts of the earnings were invested in their development to spur them to reach new peaks. A plan that should bear fruit very soon: Austrian skaters dominated international figure skating in many disciplines until the 1970s - including athletes like Ingrid Wendl, pair-couple Sissy Schwarz-Bollenberger and Kurt Oppelt, Regine Heitzer, Emmerich Danzer and – of course – Trixi Schuba who was the last to win Olympic gold for Austria in 1972 in Sapporo.

Claudia Kristofics-Binder was the last Austrian to earn a gold medal at Europeans. The middle-placed picture in the galery below shows the lucky European Champion of 1982 (middle) with silver medalist Katharina Witt of former Eastern Germany (left) and Jelena Wodoresowa who grapped bronze for the Sovjetunion. Ice Dance team Katrin und Christoff Beck were placed among the best five competitors several times at Worlds and Europeans in the 1980s. Ralph Burghart (he coaches Canadian Top Skater Keegan Messing today), Julia Lautowa and Viktor Pfeifer earned top-ten-placements at Europeans in the recent past.

Currently pair skaters Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer are Austria’s most successful skaters at ISU Championships, finishing Worlds 2019 on the 10th, Europeans 2018 on the 7th place.

With 7 Gold-, 9 Silver- and 4 Bronze-Medals Figure Skating still is the second most successful sport of all time in Austria’s Olympic History.

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